Let me start off by saying that I’ve been to a lot of concerts. Going to concerts is my dad’s passion. Okay, maybe not his only passion… but still, it’s a big deal. So as his child who shares his musical tastes, I have benefited a lot over the years and I’ve had a lot of really cool concert experiences.
Last night I saw U2 with the whole family minus my mom. U2 is mine and my dad’s favorite and they never cease to amaze me in concert. I won’t go into what number this was but the last time I saw them was right before my 21st birthday when they played the stadium at my school, which was pretty sweet. Last night we were on the floor so we got to be really close which was soooo cool. Florence + the Machine opened for U2 which was awesome because I’ve been obsessed with their album lately. Florence’s voice is magical and she dances around like a crazy fairy or something. I love it.
But I digress. I’m not writing this post to talk about how amazing the concert was, but rather how ridiculous some of the characters around us were. The main nuisance was this short man wearing a Guinness fedora who was clearly wasted. By the time the opening act started. During Florence + the Machine he was dancing crazily all over the place while simultaneously chain smoking, which resulted in ashes from his cigarette flying all over my brother’s feet. Annoying, right? Well, as soon as the opening act is over he whips out this tin foil thing which he proceeds to smoke. Cool, dude. He starts sharing with what appear to be strangers around him, even going so far as to sell some to one of the guys. This all happens while my entire family is standing right behind him.
The concert was awesome, but combined with the heat and the smell of weed and cigarette smoke wafting over us during the entire show, it will go down as one of the smelliest. I was kind of appalled. I mean, it was a U2 concert for God’s sake. I’ve never been to a show general admission before, but typically U2 fans are a relatively wholesome bunch.
Have you ever had a really annoying concert experience? I’ve had several, so I’m usually pretty used to it, but this was probably the most ridiculous.